I really don't think it has anything to do with the Rams and LA. I think it's a sign that the league is worried about ratings. Maybe they can have Monster Truck shows at halftime.
Naturally. And keep in mind, it doesn't sound like the entire offense has been installed yet either. So we're pretty early in the process.
Yeah, Bill Bidwill was known for his, uh, frugal ways. And not just when it came to contracts. Michael Bidwill has opened the purse strings. I would guess that Rams players don't have strong feelings either way about Kroenke. It's not like he's around the team on a regular basis.
Well. Bulger had an extremely tough act to follow obviously in Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and the Greatest Show teams. Bulger did make two Pro Bowls. The talent around him deteriorated _ really, on both sides of the ball _ as his tenure progressed and the team cratered into that 15-65 abyss from 2007-2011.
No. Unfortunately I didn't. Despite all those extra draft picks from the RGIII trade, the Rams never were able to get anything lasting on the offensive side of the ball. Jury still out on Gurley. Barring a Gurley revival, I don't see much around him this year either. It was the same way with Bradford, but I think Bradford was a much better prospect coming out of college than Goff. Bradford went 7-8-1 as a rookie, was NFL offensive rookie of the year, and almost got the Rams in the playoffs in 2010. Goff was 0-7 as a rookie, and looked overmatched. I don't think you can compare the two at this point other than the fact that they had lousy supporting casts.
Yeah, but he doesn't get that money all at once. He gets most of it over a period of time.
I saw a Champions League game there in 2012 when the Rams played New England in London. Beautiful, modern stadium. And let's not be mistaken. Arsenal is still winning. Just not like they have in the past.
I was trying to be sarcastic with that answer.
The Rams still should be in pretty good cap shape even with a mega deal for Donald. But keep in mind also, it's getting to be about that time to pay Ogletree as well. Although he won't command a Donald-like salary, I think we're still talking north of $10 million per.
The schedule no longer is as weighted by a team's won-loss record as it once was. Only 2 games per team are scheduled each year depending on where that team finishes in the prior year. And keep in mind, the NFL can be so unpredictable from year to year that a schedule that looks easy on paper in May could turn out to be totally different come Oct. For example, Dallas went from 4-12 in 2015 to 13-3 on 2016. Carolina was 15-1 in 2015 and 6-10 in 2016. .
Interesting points. But I believe the Rams also bid on the 2019 season's Super Bowl, so they were hoping to bend the rules on that one as well.
Could be so. BTW, you were great on those early St. Louis Cardinals teams.
Well, this certainly is the rose-colored glasses time of the year. As is most of training camp. It's hard to get any kind of a reading on a team at this point for at least a couple of reasons. 1.) Very little of these OTAs are open to the media. 2.) Nothing resembling full contact is allowed. I always said it took me about three weeks into camp to start to get a feel for a team. So it's not as if I've had any great hunches in the past. I could tell that Aaron Donald was going to be a great player just by how he dominated at the Senior Bowl practices. But that obviously wasn't a tough call. I came away from the first weekend of Rams training camp last July in Irvine thinking it was a 5 or 6 win team. Turns out I oversold them. Again, not a great prediction given recent track record. And I'd be a liar if I told you I saw anything special in Kurt Warner during those training camp practices in 1998.
Austin has only so-so hands. And Jackson, despite all that speed, is also a pretty good route runner.
If he turns out to be a high quality RT, he'll still make a lot of money. But there's no guarantee obviously. And lots of teams have good DEs or OLBs that line up over the right tackle these days.
My family bought four nosebleeds in the dome in 1995. The PSL cost was $250 a seat.
I'm going to rank them in this order (w/biggest dumpster fire first): 1.) Jets; 2.) Bears; 3.) Rams; 4.) Browns.
The St Louis Rams had only 4 winning seasons in 21 campaigns in St. Louis. Granted, the Greatest Show was spectacular, but meteor-like. It was here and gone in the blink of an eye. During the days of the blackout rule, there were only 9 home games blacked out in the first 15 seasons. The fan base here was exceptionally loyal, until the last couple of years when it started to become obvious that Malibu Stan wanted out. And when it became really obvious, entering the 2015 season, the team lost more than 10,000 season-ticket holders in one offseason. I don't think this loyalty was fully recognized around the league, be it team executives or sports media. Even the night of the relocation vote, one league executive referred to St. Louis as a "baseball town," a lazy label that is inaccurately used all too often. No one referred to St. Louis as a "baseball town" from 1999-2004 _ I assure you. St. Louis is a very good sports town.